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Bartholomew Fair. Watercolour. Crowded view of Bartholomew Fair with people enjoying the diversions of swings, menageries and early carriage, various masquerades and pantomimes among them the Miles Menagerie, Saunders Tragic Theatre, Gyngles Grand and Medley. In the foreground a group of people are sitting a meal under an impromptu awning. To the far left people appear to be falling out of a large swing which seats four. Bartholomew Fair was held at Smithfield in August from 1133 to 1855. John Nixon (c1750-1818) was an amateur landscape painter and caricaturist, a friend of Thomas Rowlandson and at the centre of a circle of actors and wits who often dined at his house in Basinghall Street. Some of his caricatures were engraved by Rowlandson.
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